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August 5, 2021

This month is the 26th (25+1) anniversary of Madrona’s founding which presents a timely opportunity to look back at the past and reflect on our firm’s journey but also to look forward to the future and contemplate what lies ahead for the broader innovation ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest. One  question we frequently ask ourselves… LEARN MORE >

AUTHOR: S. Somasegar | August 5, 2021

Scores of data tools capture historical product usage metrics but there is nothing in the market today that enables you to build for the future. Today, we are excited to announce our investment and partnership with Vijaye Raji and the Statsig team that promises to revolutionize product development. I first met Vijaye when we worked… LEARN MORE >

AUTHOR: Matt McIlwain | July 28, 2021

At a series of events in the summer of 2014, I gave a presentation on how the era of “big data” would give way to the era of “dataware”.  Audiences were more skeptical than inspired by the presentation, but at the time the idea of software becoming dataware or data silos being transformed into intelligent… LEARN MORE >

AUTHORS: Hope Cochran and Elisa La Cava | July 20, 2021

At Madrona, we have been paying close attention to the changes many companies have experienced over the past year when it comes to their workforce. From the immediate and monumental coronavirus-induced shift to virtual-first ways of doing work in March 2020 to today, we are currently in the middle of a reckoning and resetting of… LEARN MORE >

June 18, 2021

If you’re an early stage founder, fundraising pitches are one of the highest leverage conversations you can have in your entrepreneurial journey. This stressful process can be less stressful if you know what investors look for in a pitch deck.  This guide is tuned for venture investors but can be a good framework for angel… LEARN MORE >

AUTHOR: Matt McIlwain | June 10, 2021

Pictured above Co-founders of Nautilus Biotechnology Parag Mallick and Sujal Patel with Matt McIlwain. Sometimes you have a set of events that lead you to reflect on the past, present and future.  This week of June 7th, 2021 was one of those times for me. Four Madrona companies we have partnered with from Day One… LEARN MORE >

AUTHORS: S. Somasegar and Ishani Ummat | June 9, 2021

Madrona held a webinar for angel investors and angel curious investors in June of 2021.  Hosted by S. Somasegar and Ishani Ummat, the conversation was engaging with Kirby Winfield of, Yoko Okana of First Row Partners and Sharad Agarwal of Grubstakes, an angel network, talking about everything from valuations to deal flow.  Though touching… LEARN MORE >

AUTHOR: S. Somasegar | June 9, 2021

I first met Observe CEO, Jeremy Burton when I started attending the Snowflake board meetings in 2017.  The first thing that struck me was that his reputation as one of the best GTM leaders in the enterprise software space was very well deserved.  In addition to that, I also noticed that Jeremy had a fantastic… LEARN MORE >




Going back to the archives to bring forward one of our most popular episodes which is a deep dive on Hope Cochran’s journey to investor, public board member and colleague.  She tells… LEARN MORE >


In this episode of Founded and Funded, Madrona Managing Director, Scott Jacobson, and co-founder and CEO of Knock, Demetri Themelis, team up to talk about Knock’s fundraising journey. Deciding… LEARN MORE >


In this episode, we team with Madrona Partner, Anu Sharma who hosts her own podcast, Traction, as she talks to the founder of former Madrona portfolio company Heptio,… LEARN MORE >


Strike Graph, a company started by two tech guys, and funded in mid 2020 with just an intern, is now growing and serving customers.  It is also two… LEARN MORE >


The path to building a company (and getting venture funding) can be varied and long and winding.  In the latest Founded and Funded we talk about two of the paths – Startup… LEARN MORE >